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We had a great time in Portland, OR last week at the Putting Down Roots Conference. Here's a large group photo of everyone at the conference, and a photo of the presenters below.
Over 170 guests attended the full three-day conference, and over 50 more attended with single day passes. Over 10 countries were represented.
Stay tuned for content highlights from the conference, as well as an announcement for where we'll be in Fall 2018!
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted 8 to 7 last week to reject proposals that would have banned aquaponics and hydroponics from organic eligibility. The Board did vote to ban aeroponics.
The Aquaponics Association applauds the NOSB’s decision. Aquaponics embodies exactly what consumers expect in their organic produce:
- No synthetic pesticides or chemicals;
- Resource-efficient and planet-friendly; and
- A thriving, diverse microbial root ecosystem.
Ahead of the NOSB's vote on aquaponics' organic eligibility next week, remember that aquaponic systems have the same quantity and diversity of microorganisms as soil.
The aquaponics association has released the full Putting Down Roots schedule for the coming conference.
Click here for schedule: 2017 Putting Down Roots Schedule
PORTLAND, Oregon-- The Aquaponics Association will kick off Putting Downs Roots - the 2017 national aquaponics conference - on Friday, November 3 at the Red Lion Hotel Conference Center at Jantzen Beach.
The conference will feature three days of aquaponics tours, presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations by the world's foremost aquaponics experts.
The Aquaponics Association submitted its official comment to the NOSB ahead of the Fall 2017 Meeting, at which it will vote on aquaponics' organic future. The Association will also deliver web comments later this month. Here is the state of the Association's Aquaponic and Hydroponic Organic Coalition:
Aquaponics and Hydroponics Organic Coalition Comment for the Fall 2017 NOSB Meeting
The Aquaponic and Hydroponic Organic Coalition recommends that the NOSB allow organic certification of aquaponic and hydroponic (AP/HP) farms that are compliant with USDA organic standards. These farming methods align with the organic mission and the integrity of the organic label stands much to gain by including them.
AP/HP are critical to improving the sustainability of our agricultural system, but revoking organic eligibility would move these industries backwards at a time we must foster their growth.
The Association has released a tentative schedule for the Putting Down Roots conference November 3-5 in Portland, Oregon.
Click here to see the Putting Down Roots Schedule
We're starting to get excited!
By Tawnya Sawyer
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) had their Spring 2017 meeting in April at the Denver Sheraton Conference Center (coincidently the same venue as the 2012 Aquaponic Association conference.) The panel of 16 board members had a lengthy agenda reviewing a variety of substances, different livestock management practices and a host of other important topics. Of major interest to our industry was the discussion related to the future of organic certification for hydroponics/aeroponics/aquaponics and greenhouse container growing.Read more
What are Dr. Nick Savidov, Murray Hallam, and Angela Tenbroeck going to be talking about at the Putting Down Roots Conference?
Click here for the Putting Down Roots Conference Highlights!!!